Corrections Donates Confiscated Cell
Phones to Domestic Violence Victims
– The Department of Corrections (DOC) today donated 1,100 cell phones to the
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The phones were confiscated
from residents of the DOC’s community corrections centers.
“We are pleased to be able to make this first donation
during Domestic Violence Awareness Month and will continue future cell phone
donations indefinitely,” Secretary John Wetzel said. “It is only appropriate that, if a parolee
can’t follow the rules with respect to possessing a cell phone in one of our
centers, we take that phone and give it to someone who needs it for their
“We believe in an approach that is victim-centric,”
Gov. Tom Corbett said of today’s donation.
“A successful corrections system means people getting out of our
facilities that are less likely to commit a crime, thereby reducing the number
of victims. This unique opportunity
allows us to directly have a positive impact on victims, helping to make
survivors of domestic violence safer.”
at the Community Corrections Centers (CCCs) collect approximately 100 phones each
month. Once collected, the phones are refurbished by HopeLine By Verizon
at no cost to either
the Department of Corrections (DOC) or to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against
Domestic Violence (PCADV).
“This is a great reuse of a significant number of cell
phones that will help make domestic violence victims safer by giving them a way
to call for help when they need it. We’re grateful that the DOC thought of us,
and we look forward to a continuing partnership,” PCADV Executive Director Peg
HopeLine By Verizon recycles no-longer-used wireless phones,
batteries and equipment in any condition from any manufacturer or service
provider. The proceeds provide cash grants to domestic violence programs and
wireless phones and free airtime to survivors to call for help in emergencies.
Since 2001, HopeLine By Verizon has donated more than $1
million to PCADV’s network of 60 community-based programs and thousands of cell
phones to the victims they serve.
The DOC changed its CCC cell phone rule in December 2012 and
now permits residents to possess and use cell phones. Residents must follow
specific rules about phones, including that phones may not have a camera or
All cell phones must be approved by and registered with
center staff. Those that are not
approved and/or registered, or that have a camera or recording capabilities,
“We understand that in today’s world, having a cell phone is
important for CCC residents who are working to return home successfully after
incarceration,” Wetzel said. “Having a phone helps the resident apply for jobs
and to schedule and confirm their work schedules. But the residents also know
that in order to have a cell phone they are required to be responsible and
The DOC operates 15 community corrections centers and also
contracts with approximately 50 additional centers. The phones were confiscated
from all centers.
can donate their old cell phones by taking them to any Verizon Wireless store
and dropping them in the HopeLine from Verizon box.
Media contact: Susan McNaughton, 717-728-4025